Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

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It’s rare that I get up and talk to you about a single product in a blog post, but this deserves to be mentioned. I’m in love with a lotion–and I’m pretty sure it loves me back (at least, my skin thinks so). I’ll bet you didn’t guess it was from Vaseline. Their new serum-based restorative lotion (called Vaseline Intensive Care™ Healing Serum) has my hands clapping in celebration, because finally there is a lotion that 1) sinks in quickly 2) moisturizes deeply 3) doesn’t feel sticky and 4) smells intoxicating. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get your hands on it (hooray!).Read & Comment →

Casual Date Night & How to Contour Quickly

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Parka – Loft (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings – J.Crew Factory | Boots – Pour La Victoire | Bag – Louis Vuitton (find preowned) | Nails – Shellac Fedora | Beanie – North Face (similar)

Today I wanted to share my typical winter date night outfit and makeup look with you guys. I’ve also found a really great way to highlight thanks to two new Clinique products. When it comes to a casual movie date with my husband, you won’t see any high heels or super tight jeans–I’m much more low-key than most, I guess. I prefer natural makeup (jazzing it up with a quick, easy, and foolproof contour method, more on that below) and a cozy sweater. (Gasp!) leggings round out the casual comfy nature of the outfit. Since it was particularly chilly, I added my army green hooded jacket and North Face beanie. You’ll probably notice that I’m quite short–so to give the illusion of longer legs I try to match my shoe/boot color to my pant, so here I’ve used black biker boots from Pour La Victoria to give some of that illusion. But let’s be honest. My legs are damn short.Read & Comment →

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2015

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I have been a fan of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent since last year, which is a relatively short amount of time when you count up how many years Bronze Goddess has been a “thing”. Every year the beauty conglomerate releases the fragrance (often in new packaging) and every year it sells out, never to be bought again…until the very next year.

This year I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle in advance of the release, so I could share this year’s packaging update with you all. On the left you’ll see last year’s packaging, which featured a pretty, mirrored gold finish. This year’s packaging is more translucent, more in line with prior iterations, with a subtle gradient effect. 

Bronze Goddess is the definition of summer, bottled. If you’re not a fan of coconut and sun cream, then you won’t be a fan of Bronze Goddess. But to my comrades who love walking around smelling like a sexy piña colada, raise your hands up because your next bottle of Bronze Goddess is about to be available…soon.

Available: March 2015

Hudson + Bleecker Etoile Avion Cosmetic Case

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It’s like this brand, Hudson + Bleecker, had me in mind when they designed the ethereal, scintillating Etoile series of cases. I’m so happy to have discovered this brand amongst my Instagram followers, because this is a new favorite brand for me. The aesthetic is chic yet modern with a twist of classic and edge, and I’m completely hooked. Reel me in, fellas. I’m a goner.

Take this Etoile Avion Cosmetic Case, for example. The details are immaculate, the stitching is great, everything about the construction screams attention to detail (always a plus in my OCPD-mind). Everything is super functional, and with this case in particular, I love that it’s large enough to store makeup and brushes for a long trip if needed, but also has a skinny pouch inside that can be tossed into one’s purse on the go, filled with daily makeup essentials.

Grab the Etoile Cosmetic Case and more, over at Hudson + Bleecker.

Salon-Inspired Hair Color At Home

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My sister and I decided to take the plunge with box dye, and after reading a ton of your recommendations on my last post about the perils of at-home box dye, I took all of your comments to heart and asked my sister if I could dye her roots next time. I asked because she has slightly darker hair than mine, which means her roots are more visible (sorry sis!) and therefore we would be better able to tell if we could combat the number one issue with box dyes: that is, that roots are categorically treated the same as ends, when they shouldn’t. 

My sister’s hair is naturally thick, medium-to-fine in consistency, and she has a lot of it! She says that her hair tends to frizz in high humidity. She’s been dyeing her hair at home for years, always with the squeezie tubes, and finds that her hair color results in a lackluster finish.

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New Year’s Eve Makeup & Nails

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Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing Christmas/Hanukkah this year, and that you spent your time with loved ones and cherished each moment. For those of you who aren’t subscribed to my YouTube channel, you’ve likely missed an entire month of daily vlogging I did called “Vleekmas” so be sure to check that out to see my antics, shopping hauls, life as an anesthesiology resident, and opening Christmas presents.Read & Comment →

“Kristmas” Gift Guide

Every year I do a gift guide here on PSS, but this is the first time I’ve ever filmed it with the products actually in my hands! Man does it make the difference! Ignore the dog-toy squeaks in the background. It seems to be unavoidable when you’re filming in your living room for the classic, “look-at-my-Christmas-tree” background. *winks* 

Links to all the products mentioned in this gift guide are below!Read & Comment →

Let’s Talk About Box Dye…

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Ladies, let’s take a moment to have a discussion. Most of us have been there: the tight budget, the frustration with the current state of the hairunion, the urge to just change it right now. So we run out to the store, pick the box with the most promises and the happiest looking hair model, and take it home, and take a deep breath.

But it never turns out quite like we planned, does it? At least for me, it never has. Most of the time my hair ends up looking brassy and two-toned (my roots always appear to be a different color than the ends of my hair) and slightly, well, flat looking. Not quite what we had in mind for our pick-me-up hair color.

I want to have a discussion with you in the comments. I’ll be doing my sister’s hair here at my home pretty soon, and I’m definitely no professional. I get my hair colored at the salon, but my challenge is to give my sis the same great salon multi-dimensional look, from a box. Can it be done?

What are your experiences with at-home hair dyes?